A Few Things to Chew On

Quote of the Day:

If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.” –Jack Handy

As I drove home from the office yesterday evening I passed by a football field with the lights ablaze. The scoreboard was running, counting down the minutes left for pregame warmups. I felt a pulse of adrenalin and a twinge of excitement and reflected briefly on it. Certainly the junior high teams meant nothing to me; I didn’t even know who they were. It was the scoreboard itself, seeming to impart energy to all among its purview. A football stadium full of people and even competitors is but a shell. The scoreboard brings it all to life, the heart of the enterprise.

This random deep thought sent me scrambling to the Google to find the literary term for giving human qualities to inanimate objects. Personification. Should’ve known that. Somewhere Mrs. Halbrook must’ve felt a disturbance in the force at my poor retention of her lessons from 11th grade.


Is anyone wondering where the Top 40 on TB’s college football list is? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller? It’s coming soon, hopefully this weekend. Then I’ll bring them all together somewhere for easy access. In case you were wondering.


I read this article today from “The Hill.” According to the Pentagon the military pays $400.00/gallon for gas in Afghanistan. That figure is arrived at by counting the transportation of the fuel there, security and other underlying costs. For every 1000 soldiers sent, the cost is 1 Billion dollars per year. 40,000 troops = 40 billion dollars per year or if we measure it by the decade like health care is being scored, that’s 400 Billion, assuming gas doesn’t go up. Does the expense play in to your opinion or consideration of the cost-benefit analysis of staying there? It makes me want to have a better idea of the benefits of keeping a visible presence vs the risks of leaving. I’d like to at least know what we are paying for and whether there is a reasonable chance we will receive the security we seek to purchase.

Another statistic from the article–the Marines use 800,000 gallons of fuel per day. Just in Afghanistan. I’m not criticizing their usage nor endorsing it since I have no basis to do either. But that is a stunning number. 800,000 x 365 = 292 billion gallons per year.  It doesn’t even take in to account the Army, Navy or Air Force’s usage.

Bonus QOTD–

“If you’re in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at the enemy, throw one of those small pumpkins. Maybe it’ll make everyone think how stupid war is, and while they are thinking you can throw a real grenade at them.”     —Jack Handy


One thing that gives me a charge from the tunes I dig the most is hearing a perfectly crafted line. I was listening to some Robert Earl Keen tunes today as I cruised back up to work, past the lifeless football field. In “Walkin’ Cane” is the line “I’m gonna leave on the mornin’ train; my sins, they have overtaken me.”  Man, I can see that dude in the song when I hear that line as clearly in my minds eye as if I was standing right by him. And I can almost see those big ol’ heavy, jagged edged sins coming after him, foiled by the train’s exit from the station; temporarily foiled at least. Personification. That technique really works. I need to remember it.

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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6 Responses to A Few Things to Chew On

  1. Samsmama says:

    I can completely relate to the scoreboard thing. Certain things I see will bring on a memory and I can feel my heart beating faster. I also have this thing with some songs. I’ll hear an oldie and will be taken back to a particular moment. It’s so vivid sometimes that I can tell you what I was wearing and where I was.

    The quotes today were brilliant!

  2. I’m the same way with crack pipes. When I see the blackened end of that plastic tube…. Ok that was an easy joke.

    I’m the same way with Easy Bake Ovens. I can remember playing with my sister’s for hours while my dad sat in the other room inexplicably crying.

  3. Samsmama says:

    HA! That reminds me of the “Daddy Drinks Because You Cry” t-shirt. “Daddy Cries Because You Bake.”

  4. Jessie Lou says:

    SM – I have that same ability – a song can take me back to a moment and I can see the whole thing in my mind like a movie. Same thing with food sometimes.

  5. Harmony says:

    Scents really take me back. Or they remind of specific people. I can’t stand to get a whiff of my first loves cologne..I hate the feeling that is involved with that.

    Sheets that have been in the linen closet for a long period of time, remind me of my parents. I don’t know why. I used to sneak their dirty laundry into bed with me at night when I was scared. I was such a weird child.

  6. Lina says:

    That really caeuprts the spirit of it. Thanks for posting.

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